Locations > Galley Head Coastline

Galley Head is a peninsula on the Western Side of Clonakilty Bay. It is a wild and rugged spit of land with a fabulous lighthouse, (see also Lighthouses), perched on the end. The rocky coastline here is fantastic and more indicative of the classic West Cork views you see much further West. There are fairly sizeable cliffs, made more dramatic than their height due to the sheer drop into the ocean you get when standing at the edge – not for the faint-hearted!

Large holes in the land have been carved out by the sea making this a unique location to film. Quiet & unspoilt, there are old Castle walls at the road end before entering the lighthouse property which are framed beautifully by green fields, a small single track dead end road and more rugged cliff scenery.

Dramatic coastal scenery reasonably close to Cork, this has to be checked out on any recce of West Cork.
The lighthouse sits on a piece of private land, but the cliffs and approach are public.

The lighthouse is operated by Irish Lights, but the surrounding cottages are run by the Irish Landmark Trust and both parties should be contacted for permission to film there.
Distance from Cork: 1 hour 20 minutes
GPS Co-Ordinates N51˚32.076 W008˚57.060


Address Nr. Ardfield, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Region West Cork



Coastal / Rural Landscapes / Sky Lines